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Common Mistakes Made by First-Time Homebuyers

by Bienek Properties of Sonoma 03/11/2019

First-time homebuyers are prone to making a lot of mistakes when it comes to picking a home, due to many reasons—one of which is just plain old inexperience. If you plan to buy your first home soon, these are a few things you want to avoid.

  1. Not having a budget. It might surprise you to know but a lot of first time home buyers don’t have a spending budget before they start looking. Or sometimes, they look at houses that are way over what they can afford and end up spelling more money than they ought to. It's always better to clearly define what you are willing to spend on the new house and stick with it. That way you have a more comprehensive search scope that you can share with your realtor.
  2. Being overly emotional. Sometimes you see a house that looks like the builder intentionally had you in mind. But sometimes it's better to put your emotions in check because it might reduce your bargaining power with the seller. Being too excited might even make you oblivious to specific reasons why the home may not be a good fit for you.
  3. Not factoring additional costs of renovations and home improvements. Having a budget and firmly sticking to it is not enough, you also have to take into consideration the costs of any home additions or repair work you think of doing. You want to change the lamp fixtures or faucets in the showers? Be prepared to spend a little more.
  4. Underestimating the costs of maintaining the home. Sure, you get to buy the house at a giveaway price but have you stopped to consider what it will cost you to keep the house in that condition? Lots of first time home buyers don't do this. Electricity bill, gas bill cable bills, and even homeowner association fees are things that any home buyer should consider before concluding on any deal.
  5. Not hiring an agent. Winging it on your own is probably the most common mistake first-time buyers make. In a bid to save some money, they neglect to hire an agent of their own and choose to work directly with the seller or even worse, the seller’s agent themselves. More likely than not, what’s going to happen is a novice buyer who finds himself outclassed by an experienced salesperson.

Whatever you do, avoid these mistakes by contacting a real estate professional in your area.

About the Author

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Bienek Properties of Sonoma

Vince and Mary are well-respected by their REALTOR peers in Sonoma's Wine County for their hard work, dedication and integrity. They are passionate about real estate and have a proven track record of exceeding the needs and goals of their clientele. Vince and Mary work as a team. Together, they make up one of the most successful teams in Sonoma County. They specialize in applying their expertise and market knowledge to consistently meet and exceed the needs and goals of their clients. Vince and Mary work with sellers, buyers and investors in both residential and commercial markets.

They have built a reputation for tenacity and protecting the interests and investments of their clients. Vince attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, where he studied Business Administration. As a collegiate baseball player, Vince helped lead Oral Roberts University to their only appearance in the College World Series in 1978. After college, Vince played professional baseball for five years in the Chicago White Sox Organization. Vince has a strong background in sales, sales management and the building products industry. As part of his sales management experience, Vince successfully negotiated national contracts with the top 20 builders in the United States. These skill sets have enabled him to be a strong asset for his clients. Mary attended college at the University of Kentucky before completing her BS in Sociology at California State University, San Bernardino.

Mary has been in the business of helping people make the "move" to their next landing place for many years. Be it a home across town or across the country, Mary has paved the way for many buyers and sellers to transition into the next phase of their lives. Vince and Mary are also active volunteers in the Sonoma Valley. They volunteer at Relay for Life, Vintage Festival, Sonoma Film Festival, as well as The Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley. They have a passion for the community they live and work in.